Faculty Research Affiliations

Research Associates

Professor, Health Care Management & Undergraduate Program Director

Biopharmaceutical & healthcare IPOs, economic amalgamation in healthcare, mergers & acquisitions in healthcare, and real option reasoning

Ph.D., Administration—Health Services, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Master of Health Administration, Georgia State University
Master of Business Administration, Georgia State University
B.A. English Literature, Wofford College

Additional information on David Williams can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/david-williams

Research Affiliates

Associate Professor, Social Work

Adult homelessness & substance abuse, crisis assessment and intervention, spatial & longitudinal research, Bayesian methods, and systems science and complex service systems.

Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis
MSW, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., Biology, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Additional information on Dr. Alexander-Eitzman can be found at: https://socialwork.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/ben-alexander-eitzman

Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science Director, Office of Student Research

Physical activity and children and youth, improving motor development to increase physical activity in children, youth sports, physical characteristics of college athletes across a competitive career

Ph.D., Growth and Motor Development, Michigan State University
M.S., Exercise Physiology, Indiana University
B.S., Health Science, Lock Haven University
B.S., Physical Education Studies, University of Delaware

Additional information on Becky Battista can be found at: https://hes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/rebecca-battista

Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology

Use of eyetracking and pupillometry to study cognitive effort, attention, and working memory in the context of normal aging and in neurogenic language disorders including aphasia, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia.

Ph.D. Speech-Language Science, Ohio University
M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Ohio University
B.A., Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
B.A., Music, Michigan State University

Additional information on Laura Chapman can be found at: https://rhs.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/laura-chapman-ccc-slp

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science HOPE Lab Co-Director

Promotion of rural children's outdoor play and physical activity, lifelong maintenance of physical activity, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches in rural areas

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia, 2012-2014
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Health Promotion & Behavior
M.A., University at Albany, Anthropology
B.S., Binghamton University, Anthropology (minor in Biology)

Additional information on Richard Christiana can be found at: https://hes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/richard-christiana


Associate Professor, Nutrition and Foods Program

Theory-based nutrition education programs for behavior change and maintenance among rural dwelling patients

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Nutrition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University

Additional information on Melissa Gutschall can be found at: https://nutrition.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/melissa-davis-gutschall

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Care Management

Community-based participatory research (particularly with faith-based partners), Nutrition and physical activity behavior change , Obesity and chronic disease prevention, Influence of health messaging and social networks on diet and physical activity practices 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Cancer Epidemiology Program, University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center
PhD, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
MS, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina
Certificate of Study, Gerontology, University of South Carolina
BS, Human Nutrition, Winthrop University

Additional information on Brook Harmon can be found at: https://nutrition.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/brook-harmon

Assistant Professor, Athletic Training

Assessment of Function and Health-Related Quality of Life, Clinical Applications of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures, Articular Cartilage Repair and Restoration

Ph.D. Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
M.S. Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
B.S. Athletic Training, High Point University, High Point, NC

Additional Information on Jennifer Howard can be found at:  https://hes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/jennifer-howard


Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Foods

Understanding and reducing barriers to access and utilization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in rural Appalachian North Carolina.

PhD, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MS, Nutrition, Appalachian State University
Registered Dietitian (RD), Commission on Dietetic Registration
BS, Nutrition and Foods, Concentration in Dietetics, Appalachian State University

Additional information on Sydeena Isaacs can be found at: https://nutrition.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/sydeena-isaacs

Professor and Director for the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education

Children in the outdoors, learning in non-formal educational settings outdoor, adventure, experiential and interpretation, natural and cultural interpretation, environmental socialization, healthy lifestyles/children, formative evaluation in non-formal educational settings, and human dimensions of natural resources

Ph.D., Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Illinois University
B.S. Education, University of Georgia

Additional information on Joy James can be found at: https://rmpe.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/joy-james